I recently had a "discussion" with a family member about choosing, making choices, ability to choose, right to choose, and so on. It's a huge topic.
The relative's position was that I had put him in the middle. My position was that no, my choices were mine, but he had every right to choose as well. Ah family life! (We left the discussion hanging with neither one conceding to the other. You can't make anyone choose.)
It's the same at work: we choose whether we contribute, get involved, produce, provide value, encourage others, or we choose to hang back, do the minimum, underproduce, over-excuse. In the end, the choice is ours; in the end, our careers benefit or suffer, according to our choices.
What do you think?